Angel & Hilltopper Banquet

The 2024 Angel/Hilltopper Banquet will feature Michael Veeck, current co-owner (along with actor/comedian Bill Murray) of the Joliet Slammers Baseball team, son of Bill Veeck and part of the Netflix documentary Saint of Second Chances.   Mr. Veeck is the KING of fun as articulated on his website  Home | Fun Is Good (

Joining Michael is our very own Master of Ceremonies Mark Grant ’81.  Mark is known for his sharp wit and contagious humor.  The pairing of these two should be an entertaining       experience for all.

Mike Veeck is all about FUN, Creativity and Passion and it shows in everything he does.  In addition to being a coveted keynote speaker, he’s the co-owner of several minor league baseball clubs, including (in a very recent announcement) our own Joliet Slammers!  Mike’s also an author, a restaurateur, a college teacher & is the founder of Fun Is Good, a team of speakers spreading positive messages to organizations across the country.  (

The Society of American Baseball Research (SABR) named Mike as one of the most influential people in all of baseball.  He has been interviewed hundreds of times as a featured guest on major podcasts, radio and TV programs throughout the country.

Mike and his family are the subject of a beautiful, full-length, documentary film that can be seen on Netflix.  It’s called The Saint Of Second Chances and holds an amazing 100% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes film review website.  Film critic Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times referred to it as:  “Heartwarming and wickedly funny.”

Here is the link to the film’s trailer…

We anticipate a lively and entertaining banquet this year so prepare to laugh and have FUN on Thursday, February 15th in the JCA gym.  Hope you can join us!

Date: Thursday, February 15, 2024
Time: 5:30 p.m. Cocktails and Dinner
7 p.m. Program

Location: JCA Student Activity Center

Cost is $50 per person includes ticket and dinner.
Table of 10 is $500

Sponsorship Opportunities are available!

For questions, contact Sue Bebar, Alumni Director at or 815-741-0500, ext. 269

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